Has jealousy ever caused you to give your wife the silent treatment?
Do you ever call your woman incessantly to make sure she is where she is supposed to be?
Have you ever stopped having sexual relations with your wife because of suspicions about her fidelity?
None of these common symptoms of resentment and insecurity are advisable if you live in Mexico. A new law in that country could put you in jail for five years for any of these infractions.
That is the word from special prosecutor Alicia Elena Perez Duarte, who told Excelsior newspaper men found guilty of jealousy or indifference could face up to five years in prison.
The law was passed this month to protect women from domestic violence.
The prosecutor explained that about 75 percent of all murdered women in Mexico are killed by their husbands.
“If we do not stop this from the beginning, it turns into beatings, and the beatings turn into more beatings and rape, until it gets out of hand, and whoops, she died,” she told Excelsior.
Perez Duarte said the law would be a weapon that women could employ to level the playing field with abusive men. She said indifference, jealousy or lack of love were crimes against women just as much as physical violence.
“Jealousy produces a particular type of stress in the person that comes up against it,” she said. “It is exactly the same. They are wounds, psychological scars identical to physical scars.”
Another example of an action that would put men in breach of the new law is attempting to control how wives dress.